The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.

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Evan Bescan

Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He currently resides in Grafton, Ohio, and is a full-time music teacher at Elyria Community Elementary School. Evan is a consultant for the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Sarah Coffman
Sarah Coffman, soprano, is pursuing a Master of Arts in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University. In 2016, she graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she studied voice with Steven Spears. Recent musical activities include a 2016 Voice Apprenticeship at Berkshire Choral International, premiering a new work at SPLICE Electroacoustic Music Festival this past June, and singing in Amherst Early Music Festival’s Ensemble Singing Intensive. Currently, Sarah sings with Quire Cleveland and the choirs at Trinity Cathedral, as well as several Early Music ensembles at Case.
Ian Crane

Ian Crane currently teaches music at Cuyahoga Falls High School, and spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, sung with Bobby McFerrin and Contrapunctus, and has performed as both a vocalist and instrumentalist with Apollo’s Fire.  Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and a master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.

Nathan Dougherty

Tenor Nathan Dougherty, a D.M.A student in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University, is Director of Social Media for Quire Cleveland. In the summer of 2016, he completed his Master’s in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, where he sang with the Baroque Sinfonia and Collegium. Nathan graduated with Music Department Distinction from St. Olaf College in 2012, having earned a degree in Vocal Performance. While there, he was the tenor section leader of the St. Olaf Choir, and a soloist in the Early Music Singers. He also performed with the Lyric Theater Department, in such rôles as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro.

Ross W. Duffin

Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve University in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance practice program, and was named a Distinguished University Professor there in 2017.

Ross has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, won the inaugural Claude V. Palisca Award from the AMS. His book on songs in English Renaissance comedy is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.

Other “vocal” publications include an edition of Josquin motets (Oxford, 1998), an edition of motets from the Jacobean period (A-R Editions, 2006) which corresponds to Quire’s Madigalian Motets CD, and a reconstruction of Richard Davy’s St. Matthew Passion from the Eton Choirbook, featured on Quire’s 2017 live concert CD. 

Ross Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. He has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Collegium Musicum at CWRU.

Merav Eldan

Mezzo-soprano Merav Eldan, a native Israeli, studies for the Artist Diploma with Mary Schiller at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She recently premiered Margaret Brouwer’s Voice of the Lake with Domenico Boyagian and the Blue Streak Ensemble. She gave a recital at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Ohio, and performed a collection of arias with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. Among her operatic roles are Neris, Dorabella, Damon, La zia Principessa, Hansel, and Componist. Merav sang under the baton of Avner Biron, Carlo Goldstein, Steven White, Harry Davidson, and Ronen Borshevsky. She performed in Schloss Mirabell, after winning the Miami Frost competition in Salzburg. She also won 1st prizes in the Darius Milhaud competition at CIM and the NATS Ohio State competition. Orchestral performances includes Mozart’s Requiem and the premiere of Bardanashvili’s Passion with Israel Camerata Jerusalem. Eldan premiered Zehavi’s In The Garden, a monodrama about a homeless woman for mezzo-soprano and brass quintet both in Israel and Switzerland. She also premiered his Protest Song Cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra.